Everton youngster Luke Garbutt shows mature mentality with comments after defeat to Newcastle

Everton's Luke Garbutt was very level-headed with his comments after a defeat to Newcastle United this weekend.

Everton's Luke Garbutt may only just be breaking through into the first-team, but he is making the statements of a hardened professional already. 

Garbutt made his first Premier League start for the Toffees in the club's 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United yesterday and his comments after the match impressed just as much as his performance on it. 

The 21-year-old showed his class during the contest, but he also highlighted the maturity of his approach despite his lack of experience by refusing to panic about his side's recent results.

Everton have started the season poorly and are in 12th position in the Premier League table. With the pressure building on the squad, it would have been easy for Garbutt to be carried away, but he remained very level headed and focussed. 

"We've got to stick together; its a tight-knit group," the England youth international said to the Toffees official site. "We've got too much quality to call this a crisis. The media might say that but we believe we'll get through this and have a good season."

Garbutt is considered to have a very bright future at Goodison Park, but his route to the first-team has been blocked because of his preferred position so far.

Garbutt has spent the entirety of his youth-career playing as left-back, but he is unlikely to dislodge Leighton Baines from that starting line-up, due to the 30-year-old's quality.

Roberto Martinez may have given a glimpse into the futures of Baines and Garbutt against Newcastle, though. 

Baines slotted into a central-midfield role to accommodate his younger teammate, and it is a selection choice which may be worth preserving with as both were in good form despite the disappointing result. 

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